Wouldn’t it be nice if you can view all the greatest movies in the world one after the other? And wouldn’t it be better if the movies shown come not only from different genres but also from different countries? It will show us how unique everyone is by using the same language of film.

This is what film festivals are about. It allows an organized and extended presentation of different films to the public. Here now is a list of the 10 biggest film festivals in the world.


10 Shanghai International Film Festival

The Shanghai International Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals in Asia. It started in 1993 and was held every two years until 2001. It took a year off in 2003 because of the outbreak of the SARS virus. It awards a Golden Goblet for best picture, acting, writing, cinematography, music and directing. It also has an International Students Shorts Award, as well as an award for best new Asian talent.


9 Edinburgh International Film Festival

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is annual event that began in 1947, making it the oldest continually running film festival in the world. It lasts for a period of two weeks and features movies, documentaries, short films, animations and music videos. Awards are given out to the best new British feature film and new directors. The audience will also vote for the Standard Life Audience Award.


8 Vancouver International Film Festival

The Vancouver International Film Festival is an annual film festival that began in 1982. It screens movies chosen from other film festivals, as well as new movies that organizers consider to be undiscovered gems. The movies are diverse and come from around 80 countries. It also has one of the largest non-fiction programs other than that of film festivals that are focused solely on documentaries. It also showcases one of the largest numbers of East Asian movies outside of that region.


7 Tokyo International Film Festival

The Tokyo International Film Festival started out in 1985 and was held every two years until 1991. From 1991, the festival became an annual event. It is one of Asia’s two competitive film festivals and gives out awards for best director, best actor and best actress. It also hands out the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix for the best movie.


6 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is an annual event that began in 1978 and is held in Utah. It is one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. It shows new work from both American and international filmmakers. There are competitive sections for both dramatic movies and documentaries, as well as feature-length and short films. There is also an out-of-competition section. It started out as the Utah/US Film Festival, an event for American-made movies only, with films like “Mean Streets,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” being shown. it also sought to highlight independent filmmaking. It changed its name to Sundance in 1984.


5 Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival is an annual event staged since 1976. It runs for three weeks and features a lot of independent and foreign films. There are also a significant number of documentaries shown. The Golden Space Needle Award is given out to the best movie, as well as awards for best director, actor and actress. Special awards are also given to the best short film and best documentary. It is one of the largest festivals in the world in terms of number of features that are shown during its run.


4 Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival started in 1976 and is considered to be the most attended film festival around the world. It is the most prestigious event of its kind in North America. It lasts for 11 days and has attracted more than 300,000 admissions. Its ability to generate an Oscar buzz for movies entered into it has made it one of the most important film festivals in the world. Some of the movies that had its premiere here include “The Big Chill,” “Chariots of Fire,” “Sideways,” “Crash” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” It ranks second to Cannes in terms of high-profile stars who are attending and market activity generated.


3 Berlin International Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival is also known as the Berlinale. It was founded in 1951 and has been staged annually since 1978. It is the largest publicly attended film festival in terms of actual admissions. The festival garners attendance of as many as 500,000 people, with 300,000 tickets being sold. Over 400 movies compete in different categories for a chance to win the Golden and Silver Bears. In conjunction with the film festival, the European Film Market is also held that serves as a major industry meeting including distributors, buyers, producers, financiers and production agents. A Berlinale Talent Campus is also held to provide a forum for young artists from all over the world through a series of lectures and seminars.


2 Venice International Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. It was first held in 1932 and is considered to be one of the most prestigious festivals on earth. Principal awards given out are the Golden Lion for the best picture, Silver Lion for the best director and the Volpi Cup for the best actor and best actress. A Special Lion may also be given out by the jury for an overall work of a director or an actor in a movie included in the competition section.


1 Cannes International Film Festival

The Cannes International Film Festival is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the world. It is by invitation only and it previews new films spanning all kinds of genres made from all over the world. It was founded in 1946, though it was abandoned in 1948 and 1950 due to budget problems. It is considered to be an important showcase for European movies. In competition films battle it out for the Palme d’ Or.

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